School gardens

Ways to Volunteer in Your School

If you are more inclined to work on a computer than in a classroom, there are still plenty of ways to volunteer to help your local school.  Take a look at this website for a Nashville school — perhaps keeping a schools volunteer page on the website could be your volunteer role. Contact the principal or ask a teacher if there is a use in the school for your technological abilities!

Read all about it!

Do you either have an exciting volunteer program going at your school or would you like to start one? Consider getting the local press involved.  Contact a local paper or radio station and let them know about a project some of your volunteers are doing — a reading program, a community service project, or just getting started and looking for interested folks.  Click here for an article about a school that did just that.

Research Supports the Benefits of Gardens in Schools

If you need some science to back up what you already know to be true, that gardening can have many positive effects for kids, then click here for a list of studies to support your ideas.  Many articles discuss the positive affects on school learning, student attitudes, and improved behavior.  It can also have health benefits as it increases kids’ interest in food and nutrition.  Get inspired to share these benefits with kids near you!

And speaking of school gardens …

If you love to garden, and you want to volunteer at a local school, think about combining the two.  Talk to the principal and see if there is the interest and the available garden plot. Get inspired by searching “school gardens” to read about how many folk have succeeded.  Just as there are many school settings, there are many ways to make a school garden succeed.  Check out  The National Gardening Association site, which gives a lot of  information for anyone who want to  garden with children.

Not to early to be thinking SPRING GARDENS

Remember the first rule of successful school volunteering — do something you enjoy.  And if you are a gardener, it’s not to early to start thinking about starting a school garden in the spring.  I know, this year’s pumpkins may still be on the vine.  But take it from a long time school volunteer and gardener, it can take a lot of planning to use a piece of school ground for a garden.  You have to get permission, often at the school and district levels, you need to find materials, coordinate with teachers and parents … and it all takes time. Here’s a fun article about a grandmother who shared her love of gardens with an elementary school in Sacramento.  Click here. By attracting kids to the school’s new garden, she is able to teach many life lessons.  “It’s so wonderful for the children, wonderful for the community. You can see the enthusiasm.”says the principal. 

What We Like

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress Disease Connection by Gabor Matte, MD (click cover) Wonderful and accessible insights into how our stress affects us, an important book for those working with children ~